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Feather River Bulletin , Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 11A Thermal curtain continues to loom in Lake Almanor's future M. Kate West : Staff Writer . chesternews@plumasnews.com  The California State Water  Resources Control Board ireleased the draft  environmental impact report i for the reliceusing of the Upper North Fork Feather  River Project 2105 Nov. 26, 2014, nine years after holding a public hearing in Chester in '2005.  In the interim, the state :board has communicated '.sparsely through the release i of different levels of reports, the last of which was the Level 3 end-of-year reIort  issued in September 2009. This report did involve temperature control - alternatives that may impact , Lake Almanor, one of which was the installation of thermal curtains on both Lake Almanor and Butt Lake. While Plumas County officials and the grassroots , Save Lake A1manor ! Committee have held out hope that the draft environmental impact report would at last eliminate any language regarding the use of thermal curtains, the verbiage remains in the ne document. The released DEIR examines two alternatives for cooling water to a minimum of 20 degrees Celsius downstream at the Rock Creek/Cresta reaches of the Feather River and both call for a variety of actions to take , cold water from Lake Almanor. State water board staff have not called for immediate installation of the curtains. ' Instead they are in'st advocating for adaptive management, using cold water releases from the Canyon Dam outlet to occur between June and September each year. However, should the adaptive management practices not prove effective in reducing downstream water temperatures, state board staff recommended that they reserve the option to install thermal curtains. The deadline to comment on the thermal curtain or any other part of the DEIR is March 26. Background The need for the environmental impact report was first announced during a public scoping hearing on the California Environmental Quality Act process for water usage at Lake Almanor hosted by the State Water Resources Control Board in Chester in 2005. The three primary water uses planned for review during the CEQA process were recreation, power generation and water temperature as deemed necessary by the agency when Pacific Gas and Electric Co. submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the relicensing of the Upper North Fork Feather River Project 2105. The state board is involved procedurally as it is the agency that controls issuance of the Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification, a docufnent mandated by FERC as part of its relicensing application process. The aforementioned September 2009 report was the third installment of reports and contained analysis of temperature control alternatives advanced from the Level 2 Report that addressed the need to meet water quality requirements and protect cold freshwater habitat along the North Fork Feather River. During the scoping process, the state board determined that portions of the North Fork do not meet the water quality objection for temperature as set forth in its Water Quality Control Plan for the Central Valley Region, also known as the "Basin Plan." In the.executive summary of the 2009 Level 3 Report the state board said a determination was made "that elevated water temperatures are impairing the cold, freshwater habitat beneficial use of the North Fork Feather River," which may or may not mean the agency is continuing to seek to lower downstream temperatures through the use of a thermal curtain on Lake Almanor. The 2009 report also stated that the state board was in the process of preparing an environmental impact report that "includes water temperature reduction proposals, which are designed to achieve compliance with Basin Plan objectives." The Campbell family home is completely gutted after it burned Jan. 14. The family lost nearly everything they own and are asking for donations to help them get into a new rental. They have four children, ages 6 to 14. Photo by Greg Knight Family of,six loses everything in fire;, donations being sough00 A Greenville family who lost nearly everything they own in a house fire Jan. 14 are in need of donations. The Campbells have four children and are currently unemployed. They'are unable to rent a new place to live or replace their belongings without help. While most of the family's clothing needs have been met by community donations, the Campbell children also lost the bicycles and toys they got for Christmas. The children are 6 (boy), 10 (girl), 12 (girl) and 14 (girl). Donations of furniture, beds, bedding and nearly anything else are welcome. Food and money are especially welcome as of the time of publication. Donations may be taken to The Way Station or Indian Valley Elementary School. Donors may also help the Campbeils via gofundme.com/kb2utg. T0 send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.c0m To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.c0m tourists & visitors, to your businessl We'll make it simple for you. The Plumas County Visitors Guide is designed locally to entice & invite tourists & visitors to our pristine area. Visitors will look here first & that's how they will find you. You want the business & we've got the perfect product! This colorful publication is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. Over 85,000 copies are printed annually and distributed at more than 400 locations throughout the Feather River Country and outlying areas. 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